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A city park? You've got to be kidding me.
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The logic is that it's public property being sold to a private developer so the public should benefit (aside from the income of selling the property), but of course the NIMBYs just don't want any more high rises downtown.

Speaking of more high rises, the same firm design the Collective on Fifth also has a high def rendering of "The Calvin" at 603 Huron.

Construction is supposed to start soon if not already on this high rise.


http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/...eloper_as.html




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Urgh, these people realize they live in Michigan right? You'll find parks and nature literally everywhere. The public will benefit from a healthier city with more tax revenue it's common sense and the developer is already providing a great public plaza. Ann Arbor needs to become more urban.
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13-story apartment high-rise in Ann Arbor's South U district approved
By Ryan Stanton. August 16, 2016.



Another 13-story apartment high-rise is coming to the South University district in Ann Arbor.

The City Council voted 10-0 without discussion Monday night, Aug. 15, to approve the Collegiate Development Group's plans for a 133,805-square-foot building containing 90 apartments at 611 E. University Ave.

The mid-block development will span the full width of the block from East University to Church Street, requiring demolition of a handful of buildings on both East University Avenue and Church Street.

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http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/...gh-rise_i.html
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Each new student apartment doesn't seem any prettier than the last. That density tho.

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See plans for new 10-story student apartment high-rise in Ann Arbor







It's no secret that plans are in works for a major redevelopment of the South U business district.
But now there are some visuals to give a better idea of what might be coming in the near future.

Oakland County developer Ron Hughes has unveiled plans for a mixed-use development on the north side of South University Avenue, just east of where the University of Michigan's Central Campus Diag meets South U.

Hughes Properties, working with Hobbs and Black Architects, has submitted drawings to the city showing plans for a student apartment building rising 144 feet — 10 stories plus a penthouse level for mechanical equipment.

It would take the place of buildings that stand on the north side of the 1100 block of South U between East University Avenue and Church Street.

The building would include new ground-floor commercial spaces with 40 apartments above, plus 1,180 square feet of open space.

The apartments would cater to students with a mix of four-, five- and six-bedroom units.

The project awaits review by the city's Design Review Board before a site plan is submitted for Planning Commission review and City Council approval.

The project is being called The Collegian North, a possible hint that the south side of the same block could be similarly developed.

Hughes has confirmed he's planning a redevelopment of much of South U over time, with buildings on both sides of the street expected to be demolished to make way for new dense development in the D1-zoned area.

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Visited AA for the first time in years this past weekend.

I sure love the place. Perhaps one of the 2-3 best college towns in the country.

While I like the density of the new development that has gone up, I'm for the most part not impressed with the design. Pretty standard, schlocky stuff. Ann Arbor would be wise to take cues from the Hyde Park area of Chicago, another "college town". Much of the newer development there, both on and off campus, has some very cutting edge design.

Whatever gets built in downtown Ann Arbor may or may not have anything to do with U of M, but it will still reflect on the University in the minds of students and visitors.
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First look at $146M redevelopment plan for Ann Arbor's Lower Town site
By Ryan Stanton. MLive Ann Arbor. February 6, 2017.







The developer behind a $146 million redevelopment of a vacant swath of land off Broadway Street and Maiden Lane says environmental stewardship, affordability and sustainability are goals of the project.

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The newly unveiled plans for 1140 Broadway St. include two apartment buildings and a condo building, plus a small amount of retail space.

Mucha said the details still are being finalized, but tentatively he expects there would be about 530 apartments altogether between the two apartment buildings, and then about 70 condos in the other building.


Though his company is based in Chicago, Mucha is an Ann Arbor resident. He said he wants to see a proper redevelopment of the long-vacant Lower Town property where another developer's plans stalled several years ago.

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Morningside is working with Illinois-based HKM Architects and Planners Inc. on the designs. Mucha emphasized the drawings presented at Monday's meeting are not yet final and they are being further refined. He said revised drawings are expected to be presented at a public meeting Wednesday night.

"There's a concerted effort to do good architecture here, in contrast to some of the projects that were recently being built," he said. "There's going to be significant massing articulation, steps in the massing. There's going to be various colors and textures and materials, different cornice treatments."

Mucha said a lot of attention will be given to activating Maiden Lane, where there are other neighboring apartment and condo residences.
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Ann Arbor outpaces Detroit with highest real estate values
By Kirk Pinho, Crain's Business Detroit
March 19, 2017

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Even after Detroit’s decades of decline, the state’s largest city both by size and population still had bragging rights in 2014 as the one with the highest total real estate value: $12.3 billion.

No more.

In the last two years, Ann Arbor, a fraction of Detroit’s size and population (see chart) but mighty in academic and tech culture, has overtaken the Motor City as the Michigan community with the highest total assessed value.

It’s a head-turning revelation. It shows, at least on paper, just how far post-bankruptcy Detroit — which has received considerable positive press locally, nationally and internationally for its buoyed business district, though that represents just a few of its 143 square miles — still has to go in its recovery.

While Ann Arbor is just 0.7 percent lower in total assessed real value than it was in 2008, Detroit remains fathoms deeper, 60.5 percent lower than it was when stock and home prices collapsed.

“We just did not see the market decline like other cities and municipalities saw,” said Dave Petrak, Ann Arbor’s city assessor. “Ours went down, but we saw single-digit decreases while others were going down double digits.”
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An overview of the 17-story development planned in downtown Ann Arbor

An overview of the 17-story development planned in downtown Ann Arbor
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After more than a year of negotiations, the city’s staff and Chicago-based developer Core Space presented the latest plans for a 17-story development on the city-owned Library Lot in downtown Ann Arbor at a special City Council work session Thursday night, March 16.
The City Council might be asked to make a decision next month on whether to sell the property to the developer for $10 million.
Shown here is a view of the proposed building known as the Collective on 5th, as viewed from the Blake Transit Center area looking east across Fifth Avenue. The building is proposed atop the city's Library Lane underground parking garage, just north of the downtown library.
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/...rt_river_index
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2017, 10:14 PM
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From the renderings and descriptions on that site, it looks like a strong effort has been made to engage the neighborhood at street level. I like it.
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From the renderings and descriptions on that site, it looks like a strong effort has been made to engage the neighborhood at street level. I like it.
One of the conditions of the site is that some percentage of it had to be public space being that this is city property. They did a pretty good job on it, imo.

The only thing is I wish it was actually taller now. Though Ann Arbor has always had strong NIMBYism against high rises so the chances of a height increase are pretty low. Boo.
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2017, 1:55 AM
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So this news article has aerieal photos of Ann Arbor and the thing that got me is how funky A2's skyline is. I mean, you can kinda see Ann Arbor's original downtown towards the center of the picture and then UofM over to the west with sort of it's own ring of midrises and highrises. It almost looks like you can draw a line between UofM and A2s downtown (I think the street I'm looking at is literally Division Street).

Anyway, it just makes me think I wish there were more highrises on/near Main Street to balance out the density around UofM.


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It surprises me how small it looks given how explosive the growth has been. I guess that is just testament to how small it was to begin with. Still, a fine city.
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HOMES Brewery Opening

HOMES Brewery opening with 10 beers on tap in west Ann Arbor
By Jessica Haynes, via MLive
April 18, 2017








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ANN ARBOR, MI - HOMES Brewery is opening to the public Wednesday, April 19, bringing a lineup of handcrafted brews and a menu of Asian street-style food to Ann Arbor's West Side.

Owner Tommy Kennedy has been working with his team for about two years on HOMES Brewery, an acronym for all five Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior) and a homage to the building's former use as a Culligan water company location. The nearly 5,000-square-foot, industrial-style brewery and taproom located at 2321 Jackson Ave. is opening to members for a preview Tuesday night, and then the public starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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They did a really great job with the design of that place. The outdoor area reminds me of this place called Apex here in SE Portland: Google Street View
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Agreed. I think the interior looks great. Not sure of the story / reason behind the shipping container on the outside.
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Not quite Ann Arbor, but an important development for EMU's Athletic Program.

In nearby Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University released renderings on Monday for a planned $35 million 'Championship Building' that will serve every varsity athletic program at the school. The planned complex will be 170,000 SF.

See renderings of Eastern Michigan's $35 million Championship Building Plan







Photos Source: MLive, provided to EMU by AECOM
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3 large apartment buildings starting to rise in downtown Ann Arbor

611 E. University Ave. - 13 Floors






603 E. Huron St - 12 Floors






615 S. Main St. - 6 Floors





http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/...ldings_on.html
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Some Ann Arbor skyline shots. Pictures taken in April by Melanie Maxwell at MLive.











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